Asylum seekers march
Several thousand asylum seekers, other migrants and their supporters marched through Rome to protest Italian police’s recent evictions of migrant camps. Some carried a banner Saturday proclaiming themselves “refugees not terrorists.” On Thursday, police used water cannons to clear out 100 asylum seekers, most from Ethiopia or Eritrea, from a square. Authorities had already cleared out most of the 800 migrants who’d been squatting in a building since 2013. Hundreds of thousands rescued at sea have arrived in Italy in the last few years.
Military exercises staged
Authorities shut down two radio stations that aired critical coverage of President Nicolas Maduro’s government by refusing to renew their licenses, a broadcast executive announced, as the country staged military exercises in defiance of Washington and new U.S. sanctions. The National Media Workers’ Union accused the government of taking “arbitrary” action and violating freedom of expression. Meanwhile, about 900,000 people, including soldiers and members of civilian militias, were expected to take part in the two days of martial drills over the weekend.
Uneasy calm after riots
Hundreds of security forces marched through Panchkula in northern India on Saturday to maintain calm after supporters of a quasi-religious sect leader protested his rape conviction with violence that left at least 36 people dead. Authorities appealed to thousands of followers of the guru, who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan, holed up in his headquarters in Sirsa, a town in Haryana state, to go home.
Protesters seek charges
Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of Israel’s attorney general’s home Saturday to demand he indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges. The weekly vigils have become the vanguard of a grass-roots protest movement against Netanyahu’s alleged financial misdeeds and illicit ties to executives in media, international business and Hollywood. Netanyahu has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and called the accusations against him a witch hunt orchestrated by a hostile media. The scandal has yet to threaten his lengthy rule, but has harmed his public approval ratings.
Compiled from wire reports
World news briefs, Aug. 26: Migrants in Italy, Venezuelan military exercises